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    On playing with Benny Goodman:



    Worth investing in the course, I'd say. Great sound, great phrasing. Just great!

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    His account of being told by Benny Goodman to get a more crisp/acoustic sounding guitar is very interesting. I saw Chris Flory with Benny and Scott Hamilton on that European tour in 1982. Even though it was a big open air gig, Benny made the organisers turn all the mics off, so his performance was virtually all-acoustic (I assume Chris still had his amp on though). The people at the back weren’t very happy, but I was right at the front and it sounded magical, quite an intimate sound. So maybe Benny was trying to get a more natural sound, like it was before the days of big PA systems.

    Anyway I’m glad I heard Benny sounding like that, will never forget it!

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    Lucky you, Graham! A magical memory.

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    By the way I googled and found this shot of Chris and Benny, pretty sure this is the same concert I saw (Knebworth 1982), the trees behind the stage give it away.

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    I've just this afternoon been listening to Chris Flory's appearance on Judy Carmichael's radio show/podcast Jazz Inspired. Link to the Chris Flory episode: Chris Flory — Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired

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    Found another shot from the Knebworth show Graham.

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    Two more from Knebworth '82.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David B
    Two more from Knebworth '82.

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    Somewhere in that sea of faces is me...

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    Thanks, Rob MacKillop! That was an immediate order for me.

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    He used to be babysitter for Gil Evans' daughters...and seemed to spend all his time copying Gil's record collection.

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    Apparently he had a couple of lessons with Tiny Grimes, interesting link back to Charlie Parker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grahambop
    Apparently he had a couple of lessons with Tiny Grimes, interesting link back to Charlie Parker.
    After that, he took lessons with Carl Thompson who played in duos with Jim Hall.

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    Well I’m now on a Chris Flory kick, just purchased For You, nice bluesy organ trio stuff:


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    Here’s Chris Flory getting a featured spot with Benny Goodman in 1982 (go to 26 mins 30 sec). This was just around the time I saw him with Benny on their European tour.


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    If you have a Smalls Live subscription there are some fantastic vids in the archive of him playing live at Smalls with Larry Ham(piano) , Lee Hudson ( bass) and Tom Melito ( drums) as well as some vids of performances with Joe Cohn. Which was my whole reason for subscribing to Smalls I have both of the tuition vids mentioned but the live stuff at Smalls is well worth the monthly subscription if you have the interest and patience to work out what he is doing live. Ok!!!!!!!!! I am a big Chris Flory fan))


    I am a bit surprised those lesson vids could just be posted here and are not more protected

    Will

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    Always loved this tune by Chris. I believe he considers it one of signature pieces. I learned it from this vid. All the essential Flory touches and moves in one place



    cheers
    Will

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    There’s also a nice version of that tune on the album I just got:


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    Looking for more stuff featuring Chris Flory, I came across this interesting album ‘Almost Modern’ by sax and clarinet player Dan Block, on which Chris plays guitar on most tracks. Jon-Erik Kellso (of the Earregulars) is on trumpet. It’s a neat idea, exploring the music that evolved in the transition from swing to bop. Great ‘period’ album cover too!

    Here’s a sample, one of those old Dexter Gordon tunes:


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    Hi, Graham, that was good, enjoyed that!

    I just opened your photos for the first time. Very nice. Great miscellaneous pig :-)

    I have to say I'm intimately acquainted with 99 % of all the Sussex ones, been to Batemans and Nymans, etc, etc. Not East Grinstead, though. Would it be rude to ask where you're based?

    Nice ones of Ella Fitzgerald too.

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    Thanks, yes I live in Sussex. Nearest big place is probably Crawley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grahambop
    Looking for more stuff featuring Chris Flory, I came across this interesting album ‘Almost Modern’ by sax and clarinet player Dan Block, on which Chris plays guitar on most tracks. Jon-Erik Kellso (of the Earregulars) is on trumpet. It’s a neat idea, exploring the music that evolved in the transition from swing to bop. Great ‘period’ album cover too!

    Here’s a sample, one of those old Dexter Gordon tunes:

    Known both forever, great players and guys. Chris's time and swing are sick good, and Dan is one of the great jazz clarinetists. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillMbCdn5
    Hard to tell from vids but I am guessing he has the action fairly high and strung with somewhat heavy strings - 13's maybe? as he seems to quite often really dig in with his right hand / pick

    Will
    That wouldn’t surprise me as he has a definite lineage in the swing tradition. He used to play in Benny Goodman’s band.


    btw let me also add to my previous post that I uninstalled the *much* more expensive DeArmond 1100 Rhythm Chief to make room for that FHC. Both pickups have their virtues. One of the FHC’s virtues is its tendency toward vicious growls.

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    It's a '48 L7

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    Anyone know which Gibson model/year Chris is playing ? . I know its a Dearmond FHC added pickup. Thanks Will


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    One of the most awesome guitars Gibson ever made, the non-cut L7 with a single coil p/u. Without a serial number or FON it's impossible to date accurately, but I think
    Omphalopsycho got it in the right range. Mine is a '44 and it's hard to find the words to describe how incredible it sounds and plays. Chris definitely feels at home with his!

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    Great sounding guitar with the FHC!. I have a Smalls archive subscription and have lately been studying his live stuff over the years. He really seems to just let the acoustic/simply amplified voice of the guitar and his personal technique flow, you can hear all sorts of honest sqweeks/quacks/string pops/pick slaps that contribute to a refreshingly authentic tone/sound style you don't hear too often these days.

    Will

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    Quote Originally Posted by omphalopsychos

    Here's a wonderful clip of Chris Flory shredding all over The Lady's In Love With You.


    And here is the recorded version by Chris Flory with Scott Hamilton. This version is one of my all time favorites of any tune by any artist.



    I believe Chris is from Rhode Island. I am within driving distance of RI or Boston and as one of my favorite guitarists I would love to catch him live or even take some lessons with him if he teaches, but he has been difficult to track down. I do see that he is playing in Boston on January 23. Unfortunately, I am not able to get in to Boston during the week for a 7:00pm show without a little more advanced notice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob MacKillop
    I'd never even heard of Bill Jennings before. Great to hear that album - he had his own unique voice, for sure. Wonderful. Thanks, Will.
    Ditto. Jennings was great. He was all about the groove. As is Chris Flory. The best players do not play the most notes, they play the right notes....in the right place.

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    I love his playing. No affectation, no showboating, no too-clever harmonic daliances, just great swing playing with heart and soul. What's not to like?

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    I'd never even heard of Bill Jennings before. Great to hear that album - he had his own unique voice, for sure. Wonderful. Thanks, Will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omphalopsychos
    I know exactly what you mean. I love his records, but nothing matches hearing him live (whether in person or on the internet). The sound of the pick slapping the string, the strings smacking the frets, the blend of that pickup and the acoustic sound of the guitar. Same goes for people like Peter Bernstein. If you haven't seen him live, you haven't really heard him yet.

    Here's a wonderful clip of Chris Flory shredding all over The Lady's In Love With You.




    Thanks to Chris Flory I hooked up an FHC on my 1934 Gibson L7 (similar but 16" and 24.75" scale) a few months and have not yet looked back. I always loved the acoustic sound of that instrument, but the blended acoustic and FHC tone is just nuts.
    This is one of my favorite jazz guitar clips bar none. I love everything about every note he plays in the video. The rest of the band ain’t half bad either

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    It's a 50s (or at least late 40s) Gibson L7. Chris Flory is the man, one of my all-time favorites. He swings as hard as anyone. Great personality, too. I had the pleasure of chatting with him between sets at Mezzrow once.

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    Wasn't he like 12 years old or something when he cut that live album with Scott Hamilton? (I exaggerate, but he was young.)

    EDIT: this one (or at least from that tour)?


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    Chris was born in 1953, so he was ~33 at the time. He still looks younger than his age - eligible for Medicare, at 65. He was only ~29 here, with Benny Goodman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillMbCdn5
    I know he played with the great Judy Carmichael and also with Scott Hamilton . There are some great shows in the Smalls archive . Including Chris with his quartet, and also in a trio with Joe Cohn who I also really enjoy. Funny how there is a circle of connections , I am also a big fan of Joe's daughter Shaye and the band she unofficially leads -- Tuba Skinny and only made the connection between them all after finding them individually.

    Will
    It's unusual to have (at least) three generations of top-quality musicians in a family. Joe's father (and Shaye's grandfather) Al Cohn was a great saxophonist.

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    I know he played with the great Judy Carmichael and also with Scott Hamilton . There are some great shows in the Smalls archive . Including Chris with his quartet, and also in a trio with Joe Cohn who I also really enjoy. Funny how there is a circle of connections , I am also a big fan of Joe's daughter Shaye and the band she unofficially leads -- Tuba Skinny and only made the connection between them all after finding them individually.

    Will

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillMbCdn5
    Great sounding guitar with the FHC!. I have a Smalls archive subscription and have lately been studying his live stuff over the years. He really seems to just let the acoustic/simply amplified voice of the guitar and his personal technique flow, you can hear all sorts of honest sqweeks/quacks/string pops/pick slaps that contribute to a refreshingly authentic tone/sound style you don't hear too often these days.

    Will

    I know exactly what you mean. I love his records, but nothing matches hearing him live (whether in person or on the internet). The sound of the pick slapping the string, the strings smacking the frets, the blend of that pickup and the acoustic sound of the guitar. Same goes for people like Peter Bernstein. If you haven't seen him live, you haven't really heard him yet.

    Here's a wonderful clip of Chris Flory shredding all over The Lady's In Love With You.




    Thanks to Chris Flory I hooked up an FHC on my 1934 Gibson L7 (similar but 16" and 24.75" scale) a few months and have not yet looked back. I always loved the acoustic sound of that instrument, but the blended acoustic and FHC tone is just nuts.

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    Thanks for the info - I love his playing !!!! the guy has incredibly swing feel!!!

    Will

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    I added an FHC to my 51' Super300 ( kinda 18" / 25.5" scale version of an L7 I am guessing) and there is a certain magic there!

    Will

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    Hard to tell from vids but I am guessing he has the action fairly high and strung with somewhat heavy strings - 13's maybe? as he seems to quite often really dig in with his right hand / pick

    Will

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    Chris does a fantastic version of Harold Arlen's " The Man that got Away " which eerily mirrors Jennings and McDuffs "Blue Jams" that starts around 29:30 on the " Enough Said" album

    Will

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    Chris Flory is all over vocalist Yaala Ballin's new album 'Sings Irving Berlin', out this week. With Michael Kanan on piano and Ari Roland on bass.